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Archive for 2004

Wood Fumigation Mandatory For All Exported Wood Shipments

December 7th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Uncategorized

When the Asian Beetle arrived in the US (Chicago) as a result of infected wood pallets, the US then regulated that all imported wood pallets be certified as fumigated (Docket # RSPA-02-032-3). If shipments arrive uncertified, the shipper is billed for fumigation at the arrival port (usually about $200.00 and several days delay). In response, China, Brazil and other countries began requiring that containers coming from the US have their pallets certified. These countries tried to protect themselves from the Nemotid, an American beetle. Today, all counties have instituted this requirement but in September 2004, the pallet regulation was expanded to include all wood inside a container including wood used for blocking and bracing. Failure to comply will mean that when arriving at a foreign port, a container will be fumigated (for a fee) and probably delayed. Therefore, be aware that when preparing an export shipment, if the contents are wood, on wooden pallets, or has wood bracing, you MUST provide certification that the wood used has been fumigated or HT Treated. The wood should also have a regulated marking indicating that it has been fumigated.

DOT Creates A Pipeline Safety Administration

December 7th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News

The Senate has passed a previously passed House Bill creating a new Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration which shall be an administration in the Department of Transportation. President Bush has signed into law H.R. 5163, the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act. Pub. L. No. 108- 426. The new law establishes a new research agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation and transfers the hazardous materials transportation regulatory function to a new regulatory agency within DOT. This transfer of hazardous materials regulatory authority does not involve any substantive changes to the Hazardous Material Regulations. In carrying out its duties, the Administration shall consider the assignment and maintenance of safety as the highest priority.

Stainless Wine Drums Overcoming Oak Barrels

December 7th, 2004 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Wine

As a manufacturer of stainless cylindrical containers, Skolnik’s line of Stainless Wine Drums is becoming the mainstay of domestic and international wine producers. Recent changes in the California wine industry have moved many wineries to use wooden barrel alternatives such as stainless drums with oak staves to achieve their desired taste profile. Visit the Skolnik web site (www.skolnik.com) to view the available configurations for our wine products.

New Hazmat Web Site Offers Regulatory Explanations

November 9th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

The US government estimates that some 800,000 hazmat shipments are made daily, with 40,000 of those being moved by air. Finding sources to assist with regulatory compliance is easier said than done and a new hazardous materials referencing website has been created for shippers of dangerous goods in the US. Hazmatlaw is a public service of the Cramer Law Group, a Washington, DC based law firm specializing in hazardous material and dangerous goods transportation. This website is not a substitute for the regulations issued by the U.S. Department of transportation, regulations from other countries, the various international dangerous goods transportation standards, or requisite hazmat employee training but the site has a dedicated section for regulatory developments, classification and packaging group information as well as notification of regulatory exemptions and government enforcement procedures. Check out the website at: www.hazmatlaw.com.